Louis Raymond experiments in his own gardens like

a mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have

never seen before & figuring out how to make them perform.- The Boston Globe

…Louis Raymond ensures that trees can grow in Brooklyn…

or just about any other place where concrete consumes

the dirt and skyscrapers shield the sunshine.- USA Today


NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.


NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.


New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.


Plant Profiles

The Best Season Ever: Weeping Pea Shrub in February, then May

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One of the best looks in a Winter garden is during and following a blizzard—at least for the plants that are able to wear a mantle of snow with style. The strong, rigid branches of weeping peashrub are particularly attractive then, because they weep stiffly downward and are evenly distributed around the trunk: No matter how heavy the load, it stays centered and stable.


The look is muscular, claw-like, and impervious to any stress of cold or wind, or the weight of heavy snow or thick ice. That's how tough and durable this tree actually is. All the more surprising, then, is how frilly and flouncy it will appear after the foliage emerges in Spring.


Below, this Caragana arborescens 'Walker' in late May two years ago. The sun was warm and the season's new crop of foliage was making the most of it.


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The yellow flowers are profuse but they aren't large enough to compete with the ultra-slender leaflets of the foliage. Look again at the picture above, and you'll be able—just—to see the flowers. If they register at all from any distance, it is as gold flecks amid the leaves: soft highlights to the cascading tresses, if you will.


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Here's how to grow this quirky and oh-so-hardy shrub, as well as more pictures of it in the teeth of Winter several years ago: craggy, leafless, and encrusted with snow.

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